A. Several years ago, I had one of those spells of inspiration where a character just grabs the pen (or in my case, takes over the keyboard) and starts writing. Nearly a hundred pages later, I had an extended first-person narrative which appears in Boys as the life story of Luke Sweet, but had no idea how to turn it into a book. So I put Luke's story aside and wrote When She Was Bad. And by the time I'd finished that book, my subconscious had figured out how to combine Luke's story with another plot I was working on, and The Boys From Santa Cruz was the result.